Tonight starts the newest teleserye of GMA-7 that revolves around the beautiful, wonderful, intriguing and dramatic world of beauty pageants, and it is aptly titled “Beauty Queen“. It is about three ladies – Maita (Iza), Rebecca (Maggie) and Dorcas (Katrina) – who, separately, have different stories to tell about how they ended up competing for the (fictional) beauty title of Bb. Isla Pilipinas 2010 – detailing the tears, heartaches, and obstacles they had to go through in order to achieve their childhood dreams.
Watch the HQ teaser/trailer below:
video courtesy of YouTube/raffmano
As of this writing, the participation of Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2010 Venus Raj in the said drama series is still uncertain. It appears that Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) has not given the go-signal for her entry into the world of TV acting. Nevertheless, “Beauty Queen” is sure to be a hit because this is the first time that a full-blown series will be devoted to one of the Filipinos’ biggest passions – beauty pageants.
The three ladies above will be joined by a powerhouse cast led by Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz, TJ Trinidad, Marvin Agustin, Elizabeth Oropesa, Luis Alandy, Carmi Martin, Bembol Roco, Juan Rodrigo, Marky Lopez, Ricci Chan, Bubbles Paraiso, Victor Aliwalas, Tomas Gonzales and many more. Directed by Joel Lamangan, the series will air weeknights on GMA-7’s Telebabad primetime block @9:45PM right after Ilumina.
Watch out for it! 😉
In a personally surprising decision made by the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Oscar Committee, APT Entertainment’s “Ded Na Si Lolo” (Grandfather is Dead) was picked to represent the Philippines in the Foreign Language Film derby of the Oscars slated for the 1st quarter of next year. It outvoted other local films shortlisted for consideration such as the curiously-titled-for-comparison “Lola” (Grandmother) by Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza, Maryo delos Reyes’ “Kamoteng Kahoy” (Sweet Potato), Mark Meily’s “Baler“, Francis Pasion’s “Jay”, Mel Chionglo’s “Bente” (Twenty), Chris Martinez’ “100” and Ronaldo Bertubin’s “Last Viewing.”
"Ded Na Si Lolo" directed by Soxie Topacio
The Soxie Topacio-written and directed flick is a comedy about a hilariously dysfunctional family dealing with the death of their father (grandfather to the son of one of the siblings) and all the odd Filipino practices and superstitions that go with the 6-day wake and burial. It stars Gina Alajar, Elizabeth Oropesa, Roderick Paulate, Manilyn Reynes, Rainier Castillo, Dick Israel, Perla Bautista and BJ Forbes as the grandson who doubled as the narrator and whose character uttered the title. It was part of the Sine Direk series which was commercially exhibited on a limited one-week run a few months back.
Here is the official trailer of “Ded Na Si Lolo“:
video courtesy of YouTube/mhaye97
Director Soxie Topacio was both tense and amused when his film was selected by the FAP. He admitted that he initially rushed completion of the script (so he can comply with the requirements of DGPI – Directors’ Guild of the Philippines – for the Sine Direk series) before principal photography started. He also added that the shoot was such a breeze since everyone had fun while doing the same.
Here’s wishing that “Ded Na Si Lolo” achieves what its predecessors failed to do, i.e., make it to the Top 5 (or at least the pre-final shortlist) of the Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Award.